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"Long ago it must be, I have a photograph. Preserve your memories. They're all that's left you." ~ Simon & Garfunkel

Enjoy Your Holiday Celebrations with Pets and Keep Them Safe too!

Tis' the season for fun, family, food, and festive decor. While you are preparing for that holiday gathering don't forget your four-legged friend. The holidays, while wonderful, can bring on some dangers for the family dog. Here are a few things to remember so that...

Why Chickpea Photography?

There are a number of questions that I am regularly asked, so I thought I would write a post that addresses them. How long have I been in business? How did I get started? Where did the name Chickpea come from? Let me start with that last one first.  When I started my...

Welcoming the Newest Boy to the Family – Concord Family Portraits

I had the pleasure of working with the H family (Desmond, Matt and Ale) last summer and you can see their first session here.  That time we met at Heather Farms Park in Walnut Creek on a beautiful sunny day.  This session I went to their home to meet the newest member...

Beautiful German Shepherds Looking for Love

I had the privilege recently to help out Bay Area German Shepherd Rescue by photographing a few of their amazing pups who are waiting for homes.  These dogs were full of energy, friendly, ready to play and pose and all very beautiful.  Please meet Zusi, Tarzan, Buddie...

The Great Work of Rocket Dog Rescue – Jack London Square Oakland

On the 18th I had the privilege to participate in the East Bay SPCA’s Adoptathon at Jack London Square. I was there to photograph the adoptable dogs from Rocket Dog Rescue. They had a range of pups for every lifestyle available. From cute little puppies, to calm and...

A Pug by Any Other Name is Still as Sweet!

When I am out and about I see a lot of Pugs here in the Bay Area, have several friends with Pugs, and I’ve photographed quite a few in my career. So I was surprised to learn that the breed doesn’t make it into the top 10 list of most popular dogs. Well, that just goes...

Confession Time – I’m a Portrait Print Pusher

We live in a digital age of instant gratification, we all know it and accept it.   Long gone are the days of hiring a portrait photographer and waiting weeks or months to receive prints.  Anyone of us today can run down to Target, purchase a point and shoot camera, or...

Lovely Twins Portrait Session at Jack London Square

As a portrait photographer I can tell you that Jack London Square is not only a great place to shop, eat and enjoy the Bay views, it is also a really fun place to have a portrait session. You can find old brick building facades, graffiti walls galore, cool colored...

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BFF Portraits in Downtown Tiburon

In January I decided to begin offering a new type of session geared specifically for kids (read mostly girls) between 9 and 13.  The age more commonly know as "tweens".  So, I contacted a former client, asked if she would like to round up a few good friends and meet...

Lines are Beautiful – A Photographic Celebration of Women over 50

[custom_headline type="left, center, right" level="h2" looks_like="h3" accent="true"] Lines are BEAUTIFUL [/custom_headline]is my personal project for 2015.  My desire is to provide a FREE portrait session for any woman over 50 years old. That is the sole requirement,...

Welcoming Home the Brand New Puppy for Pet Portraits in Oakland

I first met Annie and Bernard in the summer of 2013 for a portrait session of their little cutie, Munji .  At the time Munji was suffering from advanced cancer, but was doing really great.  We had a second session in April of last year when Munji got a new little...

The 4th Year of Pet Portraits with Wyatt the Bloodhound

I have had the Pet Portraits pleasure of photographing Wyatt the Bloodhound for 4 years in row now! He is an absolute sweetheart of dog and I look forward to his session each year and hanging out with his owner, Josephine. In the past we had our sessions on the beach...

Christmas Mini Sessions

It is time for the holidays and to help my clients get ready I held a series of holiday Christmas mini sessions in the studio. Here is just small sample of the fun we...

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